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tragic

[traj-ik] /ˈtrædʒ ɪk/
adjective
1.
characteristic or suggestive of tragedy:
tragic solemnity.
2.
extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic:
a tragic plight.
3.
dreadful, calamitous, disastrous, or fatal:
a tragic event.
4.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of tragedy:
the tragic drama.
5.
acting in or writing tragedy:
a tragic actor; a tragic poet.
noun
6.
the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.:
lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
Sometimes, tragical (for defs 1–3)
Origin of tragic
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin tragicus < Greek tragikós of tragedy, equivalent to trág(os) goat + -ikos -ic
Related forms
tragically, adverb
tragicalness, noun
hypertragic, adjective
hypertragical, adjective
hypertragically, adverb
nontragic, adjective
nontragical, adjective
nontragically, adverb
nontragicalness, noun
quasi-tragic, adjective
quasi-tragically, adverb
supertragic, adjective
supertragically, adverb
untragic, adjective
untragical, adjective
untragically, adverb
untragicalness, noun
Synonyms
2. distressing, pitiful.
Antonyms
1–3. comic.
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  • Coleridge's blossoming period as a romantic poet was tragically brief.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • It is an irony that they should so tragically have affected others.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • But none of them guessed how tragically it would really end.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • "I think the patient's dead already," answered Aleck, tragically.

  • "Let me embrace you," cries Cecil, tragically, flinging herself into her arms.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for tragically

tragic

/ˈtrædʒɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
2.
mournful or pitiable: a tragic face
Derived Forms
tragically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tragically

tragic

adj.

1540s, "calamitous, disastrous, fatal," shortened from tragical (late 15c.), modeled on Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos "of or pertaining to tragedy," literally "of or pertaining to a goat," and probably referring to a satyr impersonated by a goat singer or satyric actor (see tragedy). Tragic flaw (1913) translates Greek hamartia.

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